For consultation

Code of Practice for Armed Policing and Police use of Less Lethal Weapons

The College of Policing is currently consulting on a revised Code of Practice for the Police Use of Firearms and Less Lethal Weapons. Developed in conjunction with the Home Office and other key partners, this Code of Practice for Armed Policing and the Police use of Less Lethal Weapons replaces the 2003 Code of Practice for the Police Use of Firearms and Less Lethal Weapons.

Once finalised, this Code of Practice will be issued by the College of Policing with the approval of the Home Secretary. The code has a statutory basis in law, meaning that all chief constables have a duty to have regard to it.

The revised Code of Practice should be used in conjunction with the College of Policing Authorised Professional Practice (APP) for Armed Policing. Along with the APP the Code of Practice will help to ensure that the police force maintains high nationally recognised standards for the police use of firearms, specialist munitions and less lethal weapons. The definition of these weapons is included in the code.

The Code of Practice describes the roles and responsibilities of chief officers in relation to armed policing and less lethal weapons. It is relevant to all police officers in England and Wales involved in armed policing or the use of less lethal weapons setting out as it does the basic principles of the selection, evaluation, approval, authorisation, acquisition and deployment of these weapons by the police.

The consultation is open from 19 March to 16 April 2019. We have identified a number of specific questions which we believe will help ensure the integrity and value of the Code.

Please read the draft Code and submit your comments during the timeframe mentioned above using the feedback template, returning it by email to [email protected].

The College of Policing may not be able to respond to individual feedback, however all submissions will be considered in the development of the final product.

 

 

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